Amy Liu

Amy Liu serves as vice president and director of the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institution. She is a national expert on cities and metropolitan areas adept at translating research and insights into action on the ground.

As senior fellow and co-director of the Metro Program, which Liu co-founded in 1996, she pioneered the program’s signature approach to policy and practice, which uses rigorous research to inform strategies for economic growth and opportunity. Liu has worked directly on such strategies with scores of public and private sector leaders in regions around the country, including Chicago, Kansas City, and Phoenix.

Liu also has extensive experience working with states and the federal government to develop policies and strategies to support cities and metropolitan areas. She co-authored “Delivering the Next Economy: The States Step Up,” outlining a model for states to support bottom-up regional innovation and put this into practice when she worked with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and other state leaders to develop the New York Regional Economic Development Councils process, a pioneering model for regionalizing state economic development and incentivizing bottom-up innovation.

At the federal level, in 2013 Liu served as a special advisor to the U.S. Secretary of Commerce, guiding policy priorities related to trade, innovation, and data.

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Amy Liu, co-founder of of the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012 in Washington. (Sharon Farmer/sfphotoworks)

Vice President and Director of the Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings Institution

Areas of Expertise: Economic Development, Exports and Trade, State and Metropolitan Policies, Social Equity, Post-Disaster Recovery

Contact Information:

Email: aliu@brookings.edu
Twitter: @amy_liuw
Media contact: Allison Courtin, acourtin@brookings.edu, 202.238.3556

Location: Washington, DC

Heard on the Brookings Cafeteria Podcast: Amy Liu Discusses New Orleans’ Resilience 10 Years After Hurricane Katrina

Tony Villamil

Tony Villamil is founder and principal of the Washington Economics Group (WEG), a Florida-based economic consulting practice. His areas of expertise include the economy of Florida, U.S. economic policy and Latin American and Caribbean economies.

Villamil is on the Board of Directors of the Spanish Broadcasting System (SBS), Mercantil Commercebank, NA, and Pan-American Life Insurance Group (PALIG). He was most recently appointed by the US Secretary of Commerce to serve in the Florida District Export Council. Villamil was U.S. Undersecretary of Commerce for Economic Affairs under President George H. W. Bush.

Villamil served as the founding Dean of the School of Business of St. Thomas University until 2013. He is currently Chairman of the Economic Roundtable of the Beacon Council-Miami-Dade County’s official economic development organization. He is also Senior Fellow and a member of the Research Advisory Council of the James Madison Institute (JMI).

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Founder and Principal of the Washington Economics Group (WEG)

Areas of Expertise: Economy of Florida, Latin American and Caribbean Economies, U.S. Economic Policy

Location: Coral Gables, FL

Contact Information:

Email: villamiltony@gmail.com; javillamil@weg.com
Phone: (305) 588-2202 (Cell) ; (305) 461-3811 (Office)
Twitter: @TonyVillamil

Heard at the 2015 Associated Industries of Florida Annual Conference: Tony Villamil Discusses Florida’s Positive Outlook

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Sung Won Sohn

Sung Won Sohn teaches economics and directs the Institute of Global Economic Research (IGER) at California State University Channel Islands. His research includes the international economy, especially Pacific-Rim countries. He is also an expert on China’s economy impact and its impact on the global economy.

Before joining the faculty and California State University Channel Islands, Sohn was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Hanmi Financial Corporation, a commercial bank in Los Angeles. He has also been an Executive Vice President and Chief Economic Officer of Wells Fargo Banks. Sohn was a senior economist on the President’s Council of Economic Advisors in The White House. He was responsible for economic and legislative matters pertaining to The Federal Reserve and financial markets.

Sohn has gained a reputation for being one of the most accurate economists in the United States. The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg News and Blue Chip publications have all ranked him on their lists of accurate economists in the past.

He currently serves on the boards of Forever 21, Western Alliance Bancorporation and Claremont Graduate University.

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Smith Professor of Economics at California State University Channel Islands

Areas of Expertise: International Economics (Especially the Pacific-Rim Countries), China’s Impact on the Global Economy

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Contact Information:

Email: sung.sohn@sseconomics.com
Phone: (213) 247 5012

Heard on NPR All Things Considered: Hong Kong Protests Could Make Beijing Choose Between Prosperity, Control

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Margaret Simms

Margaret Simms is an Institute fellow in the Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population at the Urban Institute, where she directs the Low-Income Working Families project. A nationally recognized expert on the economic well-being of African Americans, her current work focuses on low-income families, with an emphasis on employment and asset building.

Before joining Urban in 2007, Simms was vice president for governance and economic analysis at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies. In 2005, Simms was elected to membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; in 2008, she received the Samuel Z. Westerfield Award from the National Economic Association. She was awarded an honorary doctor of laws degree from Carleton College, Minnesota, in 2010.

Simms holds a BA in economics from Carleton College and a PhD in economics from Stanford University.
Margaret Simms
Director of the Low-Income Working Families Institute, The Urban Institute

Areas of Expertise: Low-Income Families (With An Emphasis On Employment And Asset Building), Poverty, Income And Wealth Disparities

Location: Washington, DC

Contact Information:
Email: msimms@urban.org
Phone: (202) 261-5709 (Media Relations)

Heard on Marketplace: What Buying Power Buys African Americans

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Last Verified: August 2015

Caroline Hoxby

Caroline Hoxby teaches Economics at Stanford University. She is also the director of the Economics of Education Program at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and a Senior Fellow of the Hoover Institution and the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research. Trained as a public finance and labor economist, Hoxby is one of the world’s leading scholars in the Economics of Education. Her work often draws upon models of investment, incentives, market design, finance, optimal pricing, social insurance, and behavioral economics.

Hoxby is a Principal Investigator of the Expanding College Opportunities project, a randomized controlled trial that had dramatic effects on low-income, high achievers’ college-going. Her work on elementary and secondary education also includes numerous studies of the effects of school choice and competition on student achievement, rewards for teaching, and the productivity of schools. Her ongoing research includes studies of Teach for America and how education affects economic growth.

Hoxby has been a presidential appointee to the National Board of Education Sciences and serves on advisory committees for the government, The Brookings Institution, and organizations with an interest in education policy.

Caroline Hoxby

Scott and Donya Bommer Professor of Economics at Stanford University

Areas of Expertise: Economics of Education, Higher Education, Financial Aid, College Choice, Low-Income and/or Disadvantaged Students, School Choice, Online/Virtual Education, Teachers (effects, pay, unionization, tenure, etc.), Effects of Education on Economic Growth, International Comparisons of Education (especially higher education), School Finance (K-12), Tax Reform, Behavioral Public Finance

Location: Stanford, CA

Contact Information:

Email: choxby@stanford.edu

Please copy Professor Hoxby’s assistant, Kelly Carson (carson@stanford.edu) for additional assistance.

Heard on NPR Tell Me More: Navigating the College Money Maze

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Adriana Kugler

Adriana Kugler is a Colombian/American economist and Professor and Vice-Provost for Faculty at the Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy. Her research interests include labor markets and policy evaluation in developed and developing countries. Her current research explores the impact of extensions of unemployment insurance on quality of jobs and match-quality of jobs, and long-term effects of training programs for disadvantaged youth on participants and external impacts on other family members.

Professor Kugler served as Chief Economist of the U.S. Department of Labor under the Obama Administration. Her research and policy work have been covered in The Economist magazine, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, Univision, NPR and in the Joint Economic Committee of Congress. She is a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research and Research Fellow of the Center for Economic Policy Research, Institute for the Study of Labor, Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration and the Center for the Study of Poverty and Inequality at Stanford University. She is also Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress.

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Vice-Provost for Faculty and Professor, Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy

Areas of expertise: Job Creation, Labor Market Policies, Unemployment, Unemployment Insurance Programs, Workforce Investment, Training Programs, Inequality, Poverty, Minorities

Location: Washington, DC

Contact Information:
Email:
 ak659@georgetown.edu

Heard on: The Economist’s Ideas Economy: Human Potential

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Humberto Barreto

Humberto Barreto is the Q. G. Noblitt professor of economics and management at DePauw University.

He was born in Camagüey, Cuba, and earned his B.A. from New College and Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Professor Barreto is co-author (with Frank M. Howland) of Introductory Econometrics Using Monte Carlo Simulation with Microsoft Excel (Cambridge University Press, 2006). In 2009, he published Intermediate Microeconomics with Microsoft Excel (also with CUP). He has been interviewed on NPR, BBC Mundo, and others.

Humberto Barreto

Expertise: Economics of sports, economics and Excel, history of economic thought, education, Cuba

Location: Greencastle, IN

Contact Info:

Email: hbarreto@depauw.edu

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Raj Chetty

Raj Chetty is a professor of economics at Stanford University and is a  2012 MacArthur fellowship recipient. His work on tax policy, unemployment and education has helped to shape government policy.

Chetty’s current research combines empirical evidence and theory, and focuses on equality of opportunity and how to give children from disadvantaged backgrounds better chances of succeeding later in life. He has been named one of the top economists in the world by The New York Times and The Economist. He is the editor of the Journal of Public Economics and has appeared on WBUR’s On Point, NPR’s All Things Considered and Planet Money.

Raj Chetty, Professor of Economics from Harvard University, is pictured in Littauer Center. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer
Raj Chetty, Professor of Economics, formerly of Harvard University, is pictured in Littauer Center. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer

Professor of Economics, Stanford University

Areas of Expertise: Economics, Equality of Opportunity, Tax Policy, Unemployment, Education

Location: Stanford, CA

Contact Information:
Email:
chetty@stanford.edu | chetty79@gmail.com

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All Things Considered: Want To Earn $1,000 More A Year? Try Kindergarten

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On Point: Upward Mobility In America

Manley Begay

Navajo Nation citizen Manley Begay is an expert in tribal economic development and indigenous governance. He is the faculty chair of the Native Nations Institute at the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy and Senior Lecturer in the American Indian Studies Program at the University of Arizona.

He serves as co-director of the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, as well as on a number of national boards focusing on Native American development and wellness.

Begay’s research focuses on Native American education, tribal governance and law. His work has appeared in The New York Times and The Washington Post.

Manley Begay

Senior Lecturer of American Indian Studies at the University of Arizona

Areas of Expertise: Tribal Economic Development, Educational Leadership, Indigenous Governance, Native American Issues

Location: Tucson, AZ

Contact Information:

Email: mbegay@email.arizona.edu
Phone: (520) 626-8629

Heard at the Native Nations Institute: Rebuilding Native Nations: “The Importance of Cultural Match”

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George Borjas

George J. Borjas is the Robert W. Scrivner Professor of Economics and Social Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. He was awarded the IZA Prize in Labor Economics in 2011. Borjas has written extensively on labor market issues. He is the author of several books, including his more recently Immigration Economics in 2014. His editorials can also be found in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Le Monde.

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Professor of Economics and Social Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School

Areas of expertise: Immigration, Economics, Public Policy, Labor Economics

Location: Cambridge, MA

Contact Info:

Email: gborjas@harvard.edu

Phone: (617) 495-1393